F1 2014 Preview: Sauber – Simply uninspiring

There’s no getting around it, so let’s just put things as simply as possible, shall we? Sauber doesn’t even look average this year: the Swiss outfit looks very “meh” with a driver lineup as exciting as a beige Volvo from the 1980s, and a car that doesn’t seem to be in a fighting way.

While Sauber might have lost a lot between 2012 and 2013, they at least had the incredible Nico Hulkenberg driving the car like a man possessed to keep their fans’ enthusiasm high and bring home unlikely points. Heading into this season, they seem set for a repeat of last year’s situation—without the incredible Hulk, of course. Continue reading

Do the F1 Shuffle! (Part 1)

The 2012 Formula 1 Season has easily been one of the most exciting in recent memory, with six drivers who have held the world championship title on the grid at the same time, seven different winners in the first seven races and a radical revival of the Williams team. But the season is nearing its end and that means contracts are being reviewed, and that (usually) means some drivers will be leaving, some will be changing teams and then there’s the potential for new arrivals. Rumors are abound about who is going to come, who is going to go and who is going to change, and I have my guesses too, but I’m more interested in following the solid leads that are already present. First off, let’s talk about one of the confirmed changes that are coming in the 2013 F1 season.

Sauber's Sergio Perez sided by two Sauber pit-crew.

One of the youngest drivers on the grid with a traditionally mid-field team, Perez has shown flashes of brilliance.

What would you say if I told you that one of the most promising young drivers in Formula 1 was Sauber’s Sergio Perez?
You’d probably have your doubts, and I can understand that. After all, Luca di Montezemolo (the chairman of Ferrari) has asserted time and again that the young Mexican needs more experience before he can join the Ferrari team, even though he (Perez) is a member of Ferrari’s driver academy and Ferrari’s second driver looks like a lost cause. Continue reading